Today’s Election Day, Don’t Forget to Vote!

Election DayWhile most of the country is focused on next year’s presidential election, today voters in Kentucky and Mississippi will elect governors and voters in four states will elect various state lawmakers. Louisiana has a gubernatorial run-off election on November 16.  

In New Jersey, apart from one district with a special election for a state Senate seat, voters will cast their ballot for who they want to represent them in the state’s 80-member General Assembly and candidates for various county and local offices. There is also one public question on the statewide ballot, a constitutional amendment to allow eligible veterans who live in continuing care retirement communities to receive the value of the $250 property tax deduction currently granted to veterans who reside in a private residence.

VoteDemocrats currently control the lower chamber of the New Jersey Legislature by a 54-26 margin. While change in control is all but uncontested, there are a few close races across the state with the most notable in the 21st District (Morris-Somerset-Union) where Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) and his running mate Assemblywomen Nancy Foster Munoz (R-21), both moderates, are facing a strong challenge from Democrats on the left as well as third-party conservative candidates running to their right. The results of this race could provide a peek into next year’s 7th District congressional race where the 21st district’s representative in the upper chamber of the state Legislature, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21), will challenge freshman Congressman Tom Malinowski’s (D-7) bid for a second term. 

Similarly, results in the gubernatorial races in Kentucky and Louisiana might prove a harbinger of things to come in next year’s presidential and congressional races.   

The polls are open from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Information on where to vote is available on the N.J. Division of Elections Polling Place Search page.